DIFF to fund ‘Rehleh’

December 16th, 2010 - 8:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, Dec 16 (IANS) Meyar Al Roumi’s movie “Rehleh” has been selected by Enjaaz, the post-production fund of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) and the bosses feel it has potential to do well on the global circuit. “Enjaaz steps in at the most critical juncture in the evolution of a film from ideation to completion by offering valuable support for post-production. ‘Rehleh’ is a compelling story, which like other Enjaaz-supported funds, has the potential to win global acclaim,” said DIFF managing director Shivani Pandya.

Launched by the Dubai Film Market, Enjaaz selects up to 15 documentary and fiction features and applicants are eligible to receive funding upto a maximum of $100,000. “Rehleh” is the 10th film selected for these benefits

Produced by Jerome Bleitrach under the banner of Bizibi, “Rehleh” tells two stories. The first about two young lovers on a quest for survival amidst the imposing restrictions of their society. The second is about disillusionment and an abandonment of love upon tasting the freedom the lovers were so desperate for.

Set in Damascus and Tehran, “Rehleh” is a journey of introspection and revelation.

“I wanted to start from a practical situation. When not married how can two young people live out their love in Syria? The issue of Walid and Souhaire is a starting point, and my goal was to focus on the feelings of my characters,” said Meyar.

The 7th edition of Dubai International Film Festival that started Sunday would conclude Dec 19.

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